New Video Urges New Yorkers to ‘Take Safety Along for the Ride’ this Summer

NEW YORK STATE (July 25, 2015) – The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) SafeNYtoday shared a number of tips to keep New Yorkers safe in their travels this summer season. In addition, as part of their ongoing efforts to remind New Yorkers of the importance of staying safe in the summer, the DMV and GTSC have also produced a new YouTube video aimed at summer travel safety titled: ‘Take Safety Along for the Ride.”

“With summer in full swing, the DMV and our partners at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee urge summer travelers to take extra precautions to protect themselves, their passengers and others on the roadways,” said Terri Egan, DMV Deputy Commissioner. “Warmer weather increases the number of motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists and others on the roadways and we ask all New Yorkers to keep this in mind as they travel – please share the road. It is also important to remember to watch for children that may dart out into the street and to never leave a child or pet in a hot car, even with the windows rolled down.”

During this time of year, children are out of school, families are traveling, motorcyclists and bicyclists are on the road and people are spending more time outdoors.  DMV and GTSC urge all drivers to keep their eyes on the road and avoid using cellphones or sending text messages that could result in distracted driving. To help combat the increase in texting violations statewide, Governor Cuomo recently announced the launch of two public service announcements that highlight the dangerous consequences texting while driving could have on motorists, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

DMV and GTSC also remind everyone that summer is road construction time and that they should expect occasional delays and detours as they travel statewide. Heat and delays can lead to stress, fatigue and aggressive driving. Tips for avoiding stress and aggressive driving include:

·  Observe common courtesy and consciously try to avoid actions that can provoke other drivers.
·  Take measures to reduce your own stress so that you are less likely to feel aggressive yourself.
·  Try to adjust your attitude about why other drivers are behaving the way they are.
·  Keep your emotions in check and think about the consequences of your behavior before you react.

More safety tips on how to avoid stress and aggressive drivers are available here.

Tips for Safer MotorcyclingSummertime is also a popular period for the state’s more than 700,000 licensed motorcyclists to take a ride. DMV and GTSC reminds motorists to watch for motorcyclists, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians, during the warmer months and share the road with them.

The following are some tips for drivers to help keep motorcyclists safe on our roadways.

  • Always allow a motorcyclist the full lane width – never try to share a lane.
  • Perform a visual check for motorcycles by checking mirrors and blind spots before entering or exiting a lane of traffic, and at intersections.
  • Always signal your intentions before changing lanes or merging with traffic.
  • Allow more following distance – three or four seconds – when behind a motorcycle so the motorcyclist has enough time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
  • Never tailgate. In dry conditions, motorcycles can stop more quickly than cars.
  • Never drive while distracted.

Motorcyclists can increase their safety by:

  • Avoiding riding in poor weather conditions.
  • Wearing brightly colored protective gear and a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet.
  • Using turn signals for every turn or lane change, even if the rider thinks no one will see it.
  • Combining hand signals and turn signals to draw more attention to themselves.
  • Using reflective tape and stickers to increase conspicuity.
  • Positioning themselves in the lane where they will be most visible to other drivers.
  • Never driving while impaired.

Additional motorcycle safety tips are available here.

“Summertime is one of the best times of the year to get outside and enjoy all that New York State has to offer – from great beaches and state parks, to enjoying a ballgame or driving or cycling along one of the state’s many scenic roadways,” said Chuck DeWeese, GTSC Assistant Commissioner. “GTSC urges drivers and motorcyclists to be aware of others on the roadways, including bicyclists, and to share the road safely. Remember that during the summer months, as well as other times of year, there is zero tolerance for distracted or impaired driving.”

To combat the problem of impaired driving in the state, Governor Cuomo recently announced a multi-media campaign to reduce drug or alcohol-impaired driving. The campaign, funded by GTSC, builds on the state’s ongoing efforts to combat impaired driving and reduce the number of traffic fatalities. Seventy-eight campaign billboards with a message that reads ‘Impaired Drivers Take Lives. Think’ now appear across the state. GTSC also produced a 30-second public service announcement as part of the campaign.

For more information on the state’s highway safety programs, contact the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee at 518-474-5111, or visit http://www.safeny.ny.gov/.

NARROWSBURG, NY (July 23, 2015) – What started off in 1991 as a modest gathering of artists displaying their work and celebrating the beauty of riverfest_poster-CMYK-05.qxd the Upper Delaware River has flourished over the past 25 years into a flagship event for the hamlet of Narrowsburg, and the Upper Delaware River community at large.

Today, over 50 artisans and craft-makers come from around the region to join in this unique street fair celebrating the interplay of art and music with river ecology.

Vendor tents line both sides Narrowsburg’s Main Street from one end to the other, featuring handmade handmade items from puppets to pottery, from soaps to sweaters for dogs.

Join DVAA this year in celebrating the 25th Annual Riverfest on Sunday, July 26 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Narrowsburg, NY. Sponsored by Catskill Regional Medical Center, Riverfest embodies the spirit of our river valley and highlights the artists and musicians who live and work here.

The family-friendly River Dogs on Parade opens the festivities at 10 a.m. sharp. Pooches and pups dressed up in creative attire strut their stuff, all hoping to win the “best of” awards, while emcee Kevin McDonough offers running commentary and the Dog Parade judges deliberate (register your dog early by calling the DVAA at 845-252-7576, or sign up that morning by 9:45 a.m.).

At 12:30 p.m., the Riverfest poster auction offers up of over five dozen original works of art created especially for the occasion. Artists working in every conceivable medium from watercolor to fabric to wood, donate their work to be sold to the highest bidder by auctioneer Tony Staffieri. These posters are on display in the gallery windows of the Delaware Arts Center and can also be previewed online at www.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org.

Everything for sale at Riverfest is artist-made, and the person who is selling it to you is the artist him/herself. Broom makers; potters; jewelers; textile, wood, and glass artists; writers, and painters are all highlighted. Get a book signed by the author or watch a fly tier making the perfect fly for the perfect catch.

Music at the bandstand fills the air throughout the day. In the morning, enjoy the pop country sounds of Doug Rogers and the Backseat Drivers, featuring Chip Forelli, Marc Switko, CF Jones, and Doug Rogers. And in the afternoon, you’ll hear the groove rock and psychedelic country blues by Lion Zen, with Kevin McDaniel, JG Riley, Greg Castro, and Simon Efrein.

DVAA’s new carnival-style game, “BASS-ketball,” will allow kids, and young-at-heart adults, to try their hand at tossing a fish to win a prize. The game is being created by DVAA board member and designer Hans Küng.

The expanded food court, which will be in a new location this year, at the top of the hill behind the National Bank of Delaware County, offers goodies from sesame noodles and hot dogs to roasted corn and tabbouleh.

Environment and energy efficiency information booths will help you wade through the complexities of clean water, clean air, and energy conservation.

Frontier Communications provides free Wi-Fi hot spots throughout Main Street. Visitors and vendors alike can join "FrontierCommunicationsFreeWiFi" network and enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the day.

Ample free parking can be found at the Fireman’s field/ball field on DeMauro Lane. A complimentary shuttle service from the parking area to the Tusten Theatre will be provided again this year with assistance from First Student.
Follow the signs to Riverfest and enjoy a full day of celebrating the arts and environment.
Admission is free. For more information call 845-252-7576 or visitwww.DelawareValleyArtsAlliance.org.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 21, 2015) – Poll Workers are needed throughout Sullivan County to help conduct 2015 elections.

vote If you are interested in working at the polls on Primary Day – Thursday September 10 and/or Election Day – Tuesday November 3, you must complete a 2.5 hour training session (for which you will be paid $25)  and pass a (relatively easy) certification exam.

Upon successful completion of the training you will be eligible to work all locally conducted elections – Town, County, State and Federal, as well as Fire District, Library and School Board elections.

In order to serve you must be at least 17 years of age, a resident and a registered voter of Sullivan County and fluent in written and spoken English.

Qualified poll workers are paid $12 per hour for each election day of approximately 10 to 16 hours. In addition they have the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the democratic process while serving their community.

Se habla espanol? Bi-lingual poll workers provide a much needed and vital service to voters in every Township.

The Board of Elections will be conducting Poll Worker Training Classes on Tuesday August 11, Wednesday August 12 and Thursday August 13. Classes are offered each morning between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 Noon or from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If interested please contact the Board of Elections at 807-0400 or e-mail scboe@co.sullivan.ny.us.

MONTICELLO, NY (July 20, 2015) – Sullivan County is pleased to announce that a new WiFi network is now available to the public during normal business hours at the wifi-304692_1280 Government Center in Monticello, NY and the Adult Care Center (“ACC”) in Liberty, NY.

Dubbed “SC_Digital_Inclusion,” the WiFi network will provide a fast Internet connection from portable devices completely free of charge.

Advancing the Legislature’s commitment to creating a connected community, the County’s Department of Management Information Systems will roll out additional connection points to other publically owned and accessed County buildings in the near future.

“I am so pleased with county staff’s efforts to propel Sullivan County into the 21st Century. It is imperative that we continually keep up with communication advancements and this is just one more small way this legislature is responding to the needs of staff and the community in general. The ability to connect to the internet in government owned facilities helps everyone stay in touch and keeps information flowing with greater ease, which is a very good thing” said Scott Samuelson, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature.

Broadband Internet access is a critically important service that all residents should have access to. However, access is not universally available to everyone in Sullivan County. As the County continues to explore potential funding sources and available options to assist in the deployment of broadband to its businesses and residences, we are pleased to be able to bridge the digital divide and provide wireless broadband to the public while they are conducting business at the Government Center or visiting a loved one at the Adult Care Center.

“I am so happy that WiFi service has come to fruition here at the Government Center and the ACC for our visiting public’s use. Our world has become so technologically advanced and WiFi service has become such an important part of everyday life,” said Jonathan Rouis, Chairman of the Management & Budget Committee and District 4 Legislator.

“It is with great joy that the Full Board passed a Resolution that has made it possible for the public who come into the Government Center to stay Connected! The Public can continue to do business on the internet while in the halls of the County Seat. We are setting an example that we believe this to be important to all who enter here and we will strive to expand this in the future to all who are in Sullivan County,” Kitty Vetter Sullivan County Legislator District 3

SC_Digital_Inclusion users will be required to comply with the County’s Public Wireless Internet Access Acceptable Use Policy when they connect to this network. While this service is intended to be available during the normal operating hours of the County, the County cannot guarantee that wireless service will be available at any specific time, nor can the County guarantee internet speeds or quality of the connection. Also, printing is not available over this wireless network via the County’s printers.

“I would like to thank Lorne Green, Chief Information Officer and his staff in the MIS Department for all of their hard work in bringing the WiFi network to our County Government Center and the Adult Care Center,” said Joshua Potosek, Sullivan County Manager.

For further information contact the Sullivan County Management Information Systems Department at 845-807-0110.

LIBERTY, NY (July 19, 2015) – The Liberty Fire Department is celebrating img_4097_thumb145 years of volunteer service to the community. To help celebrate this  anniversary, they will be hosting a variety of events during a week long celebration that will culminate with the 87th Annual Sullivan County Volunteer Firefighter’s Association Parade.

July 29 at 6:00 p.m. the festivities will begin with a carnival on the ball field at the Liberty Elementary School, directly behind the Police Station. The carnival will open each evening at 6:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 1.

At 7:00 p.m. on the evening of Friday, July 31,there will be a “Mardi Gras” style parade followed by Bed Races down Main Street. The action then shifts to the Carnival Midway for img_4121_thumb awards, trophies and DJ entertainment.

The 87th Annual SCVFA Parade will kick off on Saturday, August 1 at 2:00 p.m.

Immediately following the parade there will be a “People’s Choice” battle of the bands img_4336_thumb competition. So, if there was one band that you really enjoyed as they marched by, make sure you get to the stage on the Carnival Midway to cheer them on. Raffles, souvenirs, food, drinks, entertainment and the carnival rides will be available as you await the presentation of trophies at 7:00 p.m. The BBQ Fundraiser Raffle will also be drawn at this time. (Winner need not be present to win; to purchase raffle tickets ask any LFD member or stop at the Beer Warehouse 190 Mill Street in Liberty) DJ entertainment will continue thereafter with a fireworks show at approximately 10:00 p.m.


Program available at Ted Stroebele Center in Monticello.

NEW YORK STATE (July 15, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that more than $350,000 is available to help low-income families eating-405521_1280 and veterans participate in the FreshConnect Checks Program, which increases the purchasing power of food stamps used at participating farmers markets. More than 84,000 checks have already been issued to 152 sites across the state to help eligible New Yorkers access healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables. As the season progresses, additional checks will be issued reaching even more consumers than last year and providing a boost to the agriculture industry.

The program has also been extended to operate year-round at participating farmers’ markets, providing the opportunity to use checks 12 months a year. A full list and map of participating venues can be found at http://freshconnect.ny.gov.

In Sullivan County the program is available at the Eat Healthy Sullivan County Farmers’ Market at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson St., Monticello on Mondays through October 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Call Erin Burch at 845-439-1230 for additional information.

“The FreshConnect Program allows New Yorkers in need to access locally grown fruits and vegetables, and this year we’re going above and beyond to help people eat healthy,” Governor Cuomo said. “By increasing the amount of funding available and adding year-round partners to the program, we are promoting healthier habits and making a difference in communities across the state.”

The FreshConnect Checks program encourages recipients to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at participating farmers’ markets. The checks provide $2 incentive checks for every $5 in food stamps spent, increasing the purchasing power of SNAP consumers by 40 percent. In 2014, more than $3.2 million in SNAP sales occurred at farmers’ markets throughout the state.

Following the pilot program in 2014, $60,000 in FreshConnect Checks will again be available to Veterans, Service members, and their immediate family members at New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs offices, on a first-come, first-served basis. Office locations are located on the FreshConnect website.
The Division of Veterans’ Affairs will also be bringing checks to a variety of outreach events throughout New York State. This is a new initiative this year to bring the checks directly to eligible recipients. Communities interested in having a State Veterans Counselor distribute FreshConnect checks at an outreach event are asked to call 518-474-6114.

In addition, $50,000 will develop and implement the Market Manager Certification Program, a new initiative of the FreshConnect Program that will launch this fall. The Farmers’ Market Federation of New York, SUNY Cobleskill and Cornell Cooperative Extension will partner to present an intensive, three-day training session in the coming months and develop online training modules for future market managers.

FreshConnect-funded projects aim to ensure that all New Yorkers, regardless of income, have access to fresh fruits and vegetables and are encouraged to accept other nutrition incentives, such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Fruit & Vegetable Checks, Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks, and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition checks.

NARROWSBURG, NY (July 13, 2015) – The Ten Mile River Scout Museum is hosting History Day, a free event celebrating the history of Sullivan County and Pioneering Erathe region, Saturday, July 25 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps (Headquarters Camp), 1481 Crystal Lake Road in Narrowsburg.

The event is supported by local historians, the Tusten Historical Society, reenactment groups, the Fort Delaware Museum and the National Park Service.  Families are invited to attend.

There will be lectures and displays on the 1763 massacre at Ten Mile River by Sullivan County Historian John Conway, the history of Zane Gray, the Battle of Minisink, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Dan Beard Outdoor School,
a hands-on family-friendly presentation on the French and Indian War, a display on Narrowsburg and early aviation by the Tusten Historical Society.

There will be a small encampment and display by members of the 143rd New York Volunteer Infantry (Civil War reenactment group), reenactors from the Pioneer era and the French and Indian War.   Elaine Freed Lindenblatt will talk about the Red Apple Rest and sell and sign her new book, Stop at the Red Apple.
There will be a hike visiting local historical landmarks, self-guided walks of the Ten Mile River C.C.C. Camp site; the Ten Mile River Scout Museum, with displays on local Native American rock shelters, local wildlife, and the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

The Kernochan Blockhouse, a reproduction miniature pioneering-era blockhouse, has period tools, games and household items.  A recreation of a 1930s-era Boy Scout open-air cabin has exhibits on camp life in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

The Ten Mile River Scout Museum (www.tmrmuseum.org), serving the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Camps and the local region, is open this summer for the 19th consecutive year.

For additional information, call the Ten Mile River Scout Museum at 845-252-3775 or e-mail David Malatzky at dmalatzky@aol.com.

LIBERTY, NY (July 12, 2015) – The Sullivan County Adult Care Center (SCACC) is pleased to announce that the Beaverkill Foundation, Inc. has MJS alzheimers 18409, De Sisti, sisti.JPG graciously awarded them $5,000 to help implement and enhance the Music and Memory program.

The Music and Memory Program assists residents of the Memory Care Unit and residents struggling with cognitive loss.

The Program provides an i-Pod for each resident of these units. With input from family members, individualized playlists are set up for each resident to use several times a week. Implementing the project addresses the need for more activity for the residents, while helping some of these residents to be more alert and engaged.

The Music & Memory Program has shown success in reaching and engaging individuals who are suffering from dementia by producing music-triggered memories. The program serves not only those struggling with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, but those who may have other cognitive and physical challenges (i.e. – post stroke resident, rehabilitation, etc.). SCACC seeks to expand the program in the future to include other residents outside the Memory Care unit.

Music and Memory 2 “The Music & Memory Program gives our Adult Care Center patients who struggle with dementia a renewed connection in their lives through music, and allows for our patients to tap deep memories which allow them to feel like themselves again,” said Cindy Kurpil Gieger, District 5 Legislator, Chair of the Health and Family Services Committee.

To see the kind of effect that the music therapy program has on individuals with dementia, you can watch a heartwarming video on YouTube called Alive Inside that shows individuals directly experiencing this music therapy program www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaB5Egej0TQ.

"As music in all forms has extraordinary healing potential, the ‘Music and Memory’ program is a powerful tool in treating the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s for our residents at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center. The donation by the Beaverkill Foundation of $5000 to expand and enhance this very special program is a most welcome gift and we could not be more grateful for the Foundation’s generosity,” said Scott Samuelson, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature.

“I would like to thank the Beaverkill Foundation, Inc. for awarding these funds to our Adult Care Center for such an inspirational program. Also, I would like to personally thank our staff at the Adult Care Center and Grants Administration that helped make this grant possible for our residents,” said Joshua Potosek, Sullivan County Manager.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 9, 2015) – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office will host a one day New York State Boater’s Safety Course on Sunday 233225-new_york_boating_safety_logo(1)August 2.

The class will be held at the Monticello Fire Department located at 23 Richardson Avenue in Monticello, NY.

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Unit will provide the mandatory 8 hours of instruction from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Participants must be at least 10 years old to attend and must pass a written test at the end of the day.

A new law, effective May 1, 2014 states that all individuals born on or after 5/1/96 are now required to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat in New York State.

"Unlike some of the other boater safety courses given around the state, there is no charge for this class," says Sullivan County Sheriff Mike Schiff. "We are able to do this because the Monticello Fire Dept. is providing the space free of charge to the community."

New York State does charge a $10 fee when they issue the Boater Safety Certificate. And that fee is waived for people under 18 years old. The certificate does not expire.

Seating in the class is limited and will be available on a first come first served basis.

To register for the class, call the Sheriff’s Patrol at 845-794-7100 option#1 and speak with the deputy on the desk.

NEW YORK STATE (July 7, 2015) – Effective June 18, as required by federal law, all commercial driver license and permit holders in NYS will need proof of legal presence in the United States

LogoThe New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds commercial drivers across New York State that beginning June 18, 2015, all Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) and Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders in New York State need to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residence or temporary legal presence, and proof of New York State residency upon renewal of a driver license as well as all non-duplicate CLP/CDL transactions.  Because these new regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration require submission of additional proofs of identification in person, current commercial drivers can no longer renew their permits and licenses by mail and must appear in person at a DMV office.

“We’ve been working with industry and our partners at the state and federal levels to roll out these and other new federal requirements for commercial drivers as smoothly as possible,” said DMV Deputy Commissioner Tim Lennon.  “Commercial drivers are extremely important to New York’s economy and we are working every day to ensure that our state is in full compliance with these federal regulations.”

If you are a New York State license holder and you are applying for, renewing or amending a CLP or CDL license, under these new federal regulations you must provide:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency, or temporary legal presence; and
  • Six points of proof of name; and  
  • One proof of NYS residence; and

If you are a first time applicant for a New York State CDL who holds a valid CDL in another state, you must provide:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency, or temporary legal presence; and
  • Proof of date of birth; and
  • Six points of proof of name; and
  • One proof of NYS residence; and
  • Your original Social Security Card

Acceptable proofs of identification can be found at: http://dmv.ny.gov/forms/id44cdl.pdf

CLP and CDL holders in New York State must provide original documents, or documents certified by the agency that issued them.

DMV began implementing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s amended commercial driver license standards in April 2015 and will complete carrying out these regulations in July 2015.  These regulations include changes to CDL skills testing, suspension and revocation screenings, medical certifications, endorsements and restrictions, identification and documentation changes, and an expansion of employer responsibilities.

A publication is available detailing these new regulations at:


More information about the new regulations including forms can be found at:http://dmv.ny.gov/commercial-drivers/new-cdl-testing-and-commercial-learner-permit-standards

KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY (July 6, 2015) – The Laugh Tour starring Jessica Kirson from The Tonight Show, The View, Celebrity Apprentice, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, VH1, Oxygen, Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, returns to Kauneonga Lake on Saturday, July 11 at Sorella’s at 3562 State Route 55.

The comedy line-up also features Liz Barrett from Gotham Comedy Live and host Rich Kiamco from Louie Anderson-Live, Las Vegas.

Jessica’s unique style and powerful stage presence captures the attention of audiences everywhere she performs. She’s received the MAC Award for Best Female Comic in New York City. She was selected to perform at the Hamptons, Toyota, Marshall’s Women in Comedy, and Las Vegas comedy festivals. She has been featured on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Nickelodeon’s Sixth in the Suburbs, Noggin’s LOL, VH1’s Awesomely Bad Hair, Awesomely Bad Love Songs, Oxygen’s Can You Tell?, Bravo’s The Great Things About Being, The Women’s Television Network’s She’s So Funny, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Seasons 2 + 3, Last Call With Carson Daly, regular appearances on The Joy Behar Show, and two appearances on The Tonight Show.

Liz Barrett is a deadpan comedian who is just "Gettin’ By" in this crazy world. Her one liners come fast and furious and is often called a female Bob Newhart. Formerly a lawyer who quit that jungle for comedy, she was a runner up in the Ladies Of Laughter Contest and a finalist in the She Devil Comedy Festival. Barrett recently made her television debut on Gotham Comedy Live on AXS TV.

Host Rich Kiamco has been seen on Howard Stern, Boston Comedy Festival, San Diego Comedy Festival. Rich’s comedy career began as the costume designer for comedian Judy Tenuta where he eventually began performing with her as her back-up dancer in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide. He received the Overall Excellence Award at the NY Fringe Festival + Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival and has performed on campuses and venues across the USA, Canada, China and the Philippines. Rich was featured on BRAVO’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, has had multiple appearances on OutQ Sirius XM Satellite Radio, appeared on the Wendy Williams Show, performed in the Boston Comedy Festival & San Diego Comedy Festival and recently opened for Louie Anderson in Las Vegas.

The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $20, whether purchased online or at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1761913. This is
paperless ticketing, your name is held at the door, open seating. Please note that a limited menu is available for dining during the show, and it is strongly suggested that you call the venue at 845-583-4300 to make dinner reservations to eat before or during the show. Comedy traffic was heavy at the previous show, so additional staff has been added.

More information is available at www.TheLaughTour.com

artwalk_chalkwalk_2015 (2)On Saturday, July 11 (raindate 7/12) from Waterwheel Junction to the Livingston Manor Free Library, folks can stroll Livingston Manor to find artists and craftsmen in shops and on Main Street.

Attached is a map giving the location of each of the artists.

Register your child at the Catskill Art Society for Chalkwalk to be an Artist for a Day and be in the YouTube video while taking in the CAS Member Show. 

All the information on participants is available at www.livingstonmanor.org








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Holiday Crackdown on Impaired, Distracted and Speeding Drivers to Start July 3rd

NEW YORK STATE (July 2, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has Police_Car_State_Police_New_York_01announced the State Police and local law enforcement will increase patrols to  crack down on drivers who violate the law this Fourth of July weekend from Friday, July 3 until Monday, July 6.

"As we approach the July 4th weekend, State Police will be out in full force to crack down on reckless behavior and distracted driving on our roadways,” Governor Cuomo said. “I urge all drivers to act responsibly and stay safe in order to avoid needless tragedies this holiday weekend."

Last year, the New York State Police issued more than 10,200 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested more than 180 people for DWI and responded to more than 650 accidents, two of which resulted in fatalities.

During the enforcement, drivers can expect a number of sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols. Troopers will also be targeting the illegal sale of alcohol to minors.

Law enforcement will also be looking for motorists who are using their phones and other electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers should also remember to “move over” for stopped emergency and hazard vehicles stopped on the side of the road when they travel New York roadways.

NYSP_Hells_Kitchen_jeh During the campaign, Troopers will be using both marked State Police vehicles and Concealed Identity Traffic Enforcement (CITE) vehicles as part of the operation. The CITE vehicles allow Troopers to more easily identify motorists who are using handheld devices while driving. These vehicles blend in with every day traffic but are unmistakable as emergency vehicles once the emergency lighting is activated.

Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the July 4th period in 2013, there were 512 people killed in crashes, of those 199 (39%) had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

This campaigns serves as a reminder to New Yorkers that driving drunk not only puts lives at risk, but that those who drive drunk could face arrest, jail time, and substantial fines and attorney fees. The average drinking and driving arrest costs up to $10,000.

Arrested drunk drivers face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, lost time at work, etc.
The New York State Police and NHTSA recommend these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:

    · Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;
    · Before drinking, designate a sober driver;
    · If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation;
    · Use your community’s sober ride program;
    · If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement;
    · If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

    This targeted enforcement effort is funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and STOP-DWI, a comprehensive and financially self-sustaining highway safety program that allows participating counties to qualify for the return of all fines collected for alcohol and other drug-related traffic offenses.

    To build upon the state’s ongoing efforts to combat impaired driving and reduce the number of traffic fatalities, GTSC recently funded an educational campaign to remind motorists about the deadly impacts of impaired driving. 78 billboards with a message that reads “Impaired Drivers Take Lives. Think” now appear across the state. GTSC also produced a 30-second public service announcement to air on cable and network television and radio stations statewide as part of the campaign.

    The New York State Police will also be partnering with the Ontario Provincial Police, Niagara Regional Police, and the Surete du Quebec in the Safety Without Borders Initiative. This initiative is an effort to mitigate safety threats resulting from high traffic volumes in the vacation areas on both sides of the borders in the greater Niagara Region, the Thousand Islands, and the St. Lawrence Montreal Gateway. Safety Without Borders has proven effective in mitigating traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths.

    SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (July 1, 2015) – The Sullivan County Legislature appropriated $100,000 in the 2015 Adopted Budget to fund the newly created Plans and Progress Small Grant Program. The Legislature has 512px-Symbol-Money.svgvoted to award contracts in the amount of $69,075 to applicants during Round 1 of the grant program.

    The Plans and Progress Small Grant Program is designed to assist local municipalities, and community and not-for-profit groups, throughout Sullivan County with capital projects related to tourism, economic development, image enhancement, and other county goals. These guidelines are intended to promote use of the program countywide through an initial allocation of funding to all legislative districts, foster projects that have county-wide or regional significance, by tying applications to county goals established in comprehensive or strategic plans, and increase the impact of the grants and accountability of the program through enhanced project tracking.

    Interest in the program was strong as there were a total of 26 applications in Round 1. The 16 funded projects will support new parks and trail development, public art, downtown hamlet revitalization, agriculture, historic preservation, tourism, and image enhancement.

    “The Plans and Progress Small Grant Program is an initiative that the Legislature takes great pride in reinstituting. This program will help our community and make the resources available that not-for-profit organizations in Sullivan County need in today’s economy. I look forward to seeing all of the projects awarded in Round 1 come to fruition. I think this program can be an asset to our Sullivan County community,” said Scott Samuelson, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature

    The County is now accepting applications for Round 2 of the Plans and Progress Small Grant Program. Applications from all districts are encouraged as projects in districts where funding has been fully allocated may be eligible for funds remaining in the program. The deadline to apply for Round 2 is July 31.

    "If past success is a prelude of things to come, then I look forward to seeing a more vibrant, aesthetically pleasing and culturally attractive Sullivan County in the near future, thanks, in part to the Plans & Progress program, but more importantly to the volunteers and organizations that have chosen to reinvest in our community," Alan J. Sorensen, Legislator District 9.

    Program guidelines are available which contain details on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and the timeline and procedures for reviewing applications, and are available from the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management at (845) 807-0527 or by email at planning@co.sullivan.ny.us. The information may also be accessed from the County’s website by going to the Planning division page and clicking on the link to Available Funding Opportunities.

    “As a member of the review committee, I would like to personally thank Freda Eisenberg Planning Commissioner, Art Hussey Grants Administration Supervisor, Helen Budrock of Sullivan Renaissance, and Heinrich Strauch of Jeff Bank for their time and expertise in reviewing and making recommendations for funding,” said Joshua Potosek, Sullivan County Manager.

    Photo by Carol Montana

    BLOOMINGBURG, NY (June 29 2015) – The First Annual “Hats Off to the Ladies” Spring Fling fundraiser sponsored by the Democratic Women of IMG_2591 Sullivan County was held at The Eagles Nest in Bloomingburg on June 14, 2014.

    The inaugural event paid tribute to three Sullivan County activists: Kathy Kreiter Priscilla Bassett and Isabelle Rawich (l-r in photo).

    Bassett is a lifelong devotee to the cause of peace and justice, and is a member of Sullivan County Peace and Justice, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and head of the Senior Legislative Action Committee, to name just a few of the organizations with which she is involved. She was previously honored by the Sullivan County Human Rights Commissionm, and was named Senior of the Year by the Sullivan County Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

    Rawich is an attorney who has been an advocate for children for the last 40 years, within the Family Court system as a Law Guardian and Attorney for the Child. She is one of a handful of attorneys who did not attend law school, but rather clerked for four years, passed the bar exam, the character committee review and was admitted to the bar in the later 1970s. She now devotes herself to the county’s neediest children.

    Kreiter was the director of the Sullivan County Dispute Resolution Center for seven years and is now the director of the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless. She has worked, along with her husband John, on the National Night Out in Fallsburg, and the Alice Kreiter Senior Citizen Prom, which is dedicated to the memory of her mother.

    The ladies received a small gift, as well as certificates of appreciation, and congratulatory letters from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

    Keynote speaker at the “Hats Off to the Ladies” event was New York State Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.

    The Democratic Women of Sullivan County is an independent, progressive, grassroots organization devoted to bringing more Sullivan County women into the political process. For additional information write to dwsc4us@gmail.com.

    GLEN SPEY, NY (June 29, 2015) – Join with others on July 2 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lumberland Town Hall in Glen Spey to learn how to test water quality in Sullivan Image result for streamsCounty.

    There is a lot of enthusiasm about the excellent quality of the streams in Sullivan County NY and the northeastern part of Pennsylvania. 

    As part of a large scale preservation and monitoring effort in our region, the Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA) would like to introduce you to stream watching and provide you with the equipment necessary to become stewards of your local stream. 

    Jackie Speicher, Streamwatch Trainer, will guide you through the BWA protocols for the stream watching program. You will review the recording of data from observational data such as water color, odor, and turbidity to using test kits that sample for pH of the water, Nitrate concentrations, and Orthophosphates.

    Help is also available for questions, data issues, or a follow up program if requested.

    Allow 2 hours for the program.  All ages welcome. All materials belong to your group upon completion of the training program.

    This program is provided free of charge through a grant from the William Penn Foundation and support from The Nature Conservancy and the Brodhead Watershed Association.

    For more information please contact the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management at 845-807-0527 or planning@co.sullivan.ny.us.

    SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (June 28, 2015) – On Saturday, June 20, the 20th Annual Sullivan County Magical History Tour educated and entertained two IMG_2612 busloads of residents and visitors.

    Led by Sullivan County Historian John Conway, and architect Robert Dadras, the trip visited both the the Old Stone House in Hasbrouck, NY and the Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, NY. IMG_2619

    The groups gathered at the Liberty Museum on Main Street for registration and then headed out to the Old Stone House in Hasbrouck. As the bus traveled down Routes 52 and 42, Conway talked about the history of the buildings and hotels along the roadside, and Dadras explained the architectural details.

    IMG_2625 Upon arrival in Hasbrouck the history/architectural lesson continued, joined by Alana Sherman, President of the Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck, which has taken on the preservation of the structure.:

    After touring the house, the group made its way to the Time and the Valley’s Museum in Grahamsville, where Director Donna Steffens welcomed the group, and divided them into three smaller groups, each with its IMG_2632own guide, to tour the three floors of the museum.

    Back at the Liberty Museum, the two groups had lunch and were witness to an award ceremony where Conway awarded the President’s Award to Town of Lumberland Historian Frank  Schwarz (who was unable to be present), and the James W. Burbank Award to Steffens. IMG_2653

    Proceeds from the trip benefited The Delaware Company, a non-profit organization set up to preserve the historical places in Sullivan County. For additional information, or to donate, contact jconway52@hotmail.com.

    CALLICOON, NY (June 24, 2015) – The Callicoon Country Fair is back for another year on Saturday, July 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    calliccon county fair A tradition for over 30 years, the Callicoon Country Fair will be a town-wide event taking place on Upper and Lower Main Streets and Callicoon Creek Park.

    Musical and dance performances will be intermingled with over 50 vendors from throughout the region. Local farms, artisans and craftsmen will display and sell their wares.

    The Fair will have three venues – The Railway Stage, The Western Hotel Terrace and The Riverfront Stage in Callicoon Creek Park.

    The famous local Catskill Distilling Company, a main sponsor, home of the Righteous Bourbon, will have tastings. Roscoe Beer Company and the Callicoon Brewing Company amongst others will have tastings and sales in the Micro Brew Tent.

    Have your photo taken with the Sullivan County Dairy Princess who represents a proud farming tradition.

    Your children will love the games, maple cotton candy and hands-on demonstrations from the local 4H groups – Kays Farm and others – meet their cows, rabbits, alpacas and more.

    Great bands from the area and NYC will be performing, including: The Crackers, Contra Band, Poison Love with Caller Laurie B.; Shlomo Franklin Band; Richard Traviss; The Hippy Nuts; Dan Killan and the Million Man Band; Crier Brothers and more.

    The Catskill Dance Company will be performing original choreography to the music from the ballet "Rodeo" with the famous score by Aaron Copland.

    Since the Fair falls on National Cowboy Day, The Wild West Arts Show will feature trick roping, target whips and more for all our cowboys and cowgirls.

    Don’t forget to wear your cowboy hat and boots!

    The Callicoon Country Fair is organized by the Callicoon Business Association, a local organization dedicated to the success and growth of its local businesses. The Callicoon Business Association diligently works to enhance Callicoon’s standing in Sullivan County, the region and New York State, by focusing on its people, natural beauty and attractions.

    For more information contact Irene Nikolai, President, Callicoon Business Association 845-887-9017 or callicoontrading@gmail.com.

    WOODBOURNE, NY (June 23, 2015) – The gallery at The International Center for A Culture of Compassion in Woodbourne, will hold its inaugural Still Life with Peonies exhibit on July 3, 2015 with an opening reception for “Visual Quotations” by Helena Clare Pittman from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

    “Visual Quotations” will display Pittman’s recent paintings – works in which she has quoted from paintings by Da Vinci, Vermeer, Monet and others of the masters whose images have survived as emblems of their work, their greatness and their times.

    A graduate of Pratt Institute with a BFA in Painting and Art Education, Pittman lives and paints in Liberty, NY. She holds a Masters degree in Art, Writing and Education from Antioch University. “I like to include the masters who have been my lights in my own paintings. It’s a way of getting as close to them as I can. Their company, like warm encouragement, diffuses the austerity of the painter’s life.”

    Rose on Modigliani Pittman has taught at SUNY Farmingdale, The Parsons School of Design, and CUNY – Queens College. She has taught Color Theory, Life Drawing, Design, Book Illustration and Writing. She also teaches adult and children’s classes in Sullivan County, at The Daniel Pierce Library Grahamsville, where her 12-panel mural “The Dance of the Books” is on permanent display in the children’s room. Pittman also teaches at The Catskill Artists Society in Livingston Manor.

    Helena Clare Pittman by Carol MontanaAlso on display will be some of Pittman’s watercolor paintings. The artist’s note cards, reproductions of her painted images will be offered for sale, along with several of her illustrated children’s books.

    “Visual Quotations” will be on exhibit during the four weekends in July from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. The artist will be available at the opening, as well as for all weekends of the exhibit for questions and discussion.

    The International Center for a Culture of Compassion, is located at 2299 Ulster Heights Road, Woodbourne, NY.

    For additional information, call 845-434-5076.

    NEW YORK STATE (June 22, 2015) – Statewide smoking levels have been reduced to the lowest rate in recorded history as a result of the state’s wide-Image result for don't smokeranging tobacco cessation efforts. Data shows that in the last four years, the smoking rate among high school students has dropped 42 percent and now remains at 7.3 percent, while the adult smoking rate has dropped to 14.5 percent and remains below the national average of 17.8 percent.

    “With the lowest smoking rate in recorded history, it’s clear that New York State is becoming healthier than ever,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am proud of these record results, and our administration will continue to build on this success to protect our citizens and support the public health.”

    The reduction in smoking rates can be attributed to the efforts of New York’s Tobacco Control Program, the New York State Prevention Agenda 2013-17 (New York’s official health blueprint) and the state’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan. These programs focused on evidence-based strategies to promote tobacco cessation through launching aggressive public awareness campaigns, promoting policy solutions to make tobacco less accessible to youth, and widening the availability of resources for individuals looking to break this addiction.

    The Department of Health will continue to strengthen its efforts to achieve a tobacco-free New York, with the funding of two new grants totaling more than $10 million from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first award of $9.29 million over five years will support the Tobacco Control Program’s three-pronged, evidence based approach to tobacco cessation. This approach includes local contractors who educate community and local leaders about the continuing burden of tobacco and potential policy solutions, health systems contractors who work across the state to increase and improve the delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment and paid media that motivates smokers to quit and changes social norms.

    Additionally, New York State was one of only five states to be awarded $1 million dollars over two years for an innovative project to implement and evaluate a media campaign aimed directly at health care providers who work with people with poor mental health, low incomes or low educational attainment, and who smoke at higher rates than the general public. The campaign will encourage providers to treat tobacco use for their patients, use evidence-based methods such as counseling and approved medications, and increase provider confidence in delivering this necessary treatment.

    Medicaid and NY State of Health qualified health plans cover tobacco cessation services for beneficiaries who smoke or use other tobacco products. For information on or assistance in quitting tobacco use, talk to your health care provider or contact the New York State Smokers’ Quitline.

    The Quitline is a free and confidential service that provides effective quit coaching and services to New Yorkers who want to stop using tobacco. Call the Quitline at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487) or visit www.NYSmokeFree.com to learn more.

    More information about New York’s Tobacco Control Program is available here.

    LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY (June 21, 2015) – The Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce invites local residents and business owners to a community 800px-Willowemocff workshop on Wednesday, June 24 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Livingston Manor Fire House.

    The focus will be a community project identified as a priority during “visioning” sessions held in 2013; creating a more walkable community including a river walk along the Willowemoc Creek (photo left by Donald B. Siano.)

    Through a cost-sharing arrangement between the Sullivan County Funding Corporation and local businesses, the Livingston Manor Chamber is working with Hart Howerton, a global design and planning firm, to prepare preliminary design concepts for the project and assist in applying for grant funding through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process.

    At the workshop, residents and second homeowners will hear more about possible grant sources and preview preliminary design concepts for the river walk, with an opportunity to ask questions, share design ideas, and express concerns. This feedback is an important part of the process and will be useful in securing grant funding.

    The workshop, sponsored by the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Town of Rockland, will be facilitated by staff from Sullivan Renaissance, the Sullivan County Division of Planning, and Hart Howerton.  “We are excited about the opportunity” said Chamber President Lisa Lyons, “but we need feedback and ideas from the community at this early stage.”

    For more information about the project, contact Lisa Lyons at (845) 439-5507 or info@morgan-outdoors.com.

    NEW YORK STATE (June 17, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is urging older Americans, their caregivers and service providers in New York to guard against various forms of elder financial exploitation. To view the consumer tips issued by the Governor, please visit here.

    “This administration will not tolerate those who seek to prey on older New Yorkers for financial gain,” Governor Cuomo said. “Learning the facts and how to spot red flags will help safeguard against this particularly repugnant form of exploitation and I encourage older residents and their loved ones to stay informed and help us crack down on elder financial exploitation.”

    Benjamin M. Lawsky, Supertintendent of Financial Services, said, “Older Americans are unfortunately an especially vulnerable population for financial exploitation. We remain committed to helping root out these scams and protecting older Americans and their families.”

    Elder financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an elderly adult’s funds, property, or resources by another individual. Recent studies have found that elder financial exploitation is the most common form of abuse facing the elderly, causing significant financial losses and suffering for elderly individuals and their families. A 2011 MetLife study estimated that financial exploitation costs seniors living in the U.S. at least $2.9 billion every year. Further, a 2010 survey by the Investor Protection Trust estimated that 1 in 5 Americans over age 65 has been victimized by financial fraud, a startling statistic underlying the pervasiveness and urgency of the problem.

    These consumer tips address how to prevent three primary categories of financial exploitation schemes that target seniors:

      1) Scams, wherein a fake offer, alert, or emergency is used to manipulate an elderly consumer into giving money;
      2) Abuse by trusted persons, such as caregivers, friends, or others in positions of trust with the elder;
      3) Financial products or services that may be harmful and unsuitable for the elderly, such as certain investments or annuities.

    Image result for elder financial abuseThe tips also address signs of diminished financial capacity in elderly consumers and warning signs of financial abuse to improve detection and prevention.
    If you suspect that an elderly person may be a victim of financial exploitation, you should contact the authorities, including Adult Protective Services. Adult Protective Services units are administered by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and are located in every county in the state. They are authorized to investigate suspected financial exploitation of vulnerable adults and intervene as appropriate.

    To see a list of APS units that are in all counties in the state of New York, please visit http://www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/localdss.asp.

    The action today by the Governor is part of an ongoing effort to protect elderly New Yorkers from financial exploitation. In January of 2013, Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky adopted New York Insurance Regulation 199, which protects elderly consumers from misleading and fraudulent senior-specific certifications and professional designations in the solicitation, sale or advice made in connection with a life insurance policy or annuity contract. In July of 2013, Superintendent Lawsky adopted New York Insurance Regulation 187, which sets forth suitability standards and procedures for agents and brokers when making recommendations for annuity contracts to consumers.
    Most recently, in February 2015, the Department of Financial Services issued regulatory guidance to financial institutions on identifying and stopping elder financial abuse. At the same time, they also sent a survey to a number of banks and credit unions to gather information on the policies those institutions have in place to protect consumers from elder financial exploitation.
    To report suspected elder financial exploitation, individuals and financial institutions should contact their local APS unit or call the statewide hotline at 1-800-342-3009 (press option 6).

    Story and photos by Carol Montana

    LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY (June 15, 2015) – There was definitely something fishy going on in Livingston Manor on Saturday. Hundreds of fishy IMG_2451characters marched and paraded up Main Street, while hundreds of others watched.

    It was the occasion of the 12th Annual Trout Parade sponsored by the Catskill Art Society.

    This year’s theme was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Trout),” adding a touch of the “Wizard of Oz” to the otherwise strictly fishy event.

    There were antique cars and marching bands and many characters.

    In addition there was a services auction to benefit the Livingston Manor Free Library, and performance of NACL’s “The Weather Project.”

    Proceeds from the parade benefited the Art and Music programs at the Livingston Manor Central School and the non-profit Catskill Art Society.

    Below are some photos of the event. Enjoy!

    If you are interested in purchasing any of the photos, please contact us at Catskill.Chronicle@yahoo.com

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    Photos by Carol Montana

    LIBERTY, NY (June 14, 2015)– The Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Village and Town of Liberty, will be hosting its 21st  LibertyFestival2015 Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4, 2015. (Click on the poster at left for the full schedule.)

    The Chamber is inviting retail, food and craft vendors – as well as community organizations – to participate in the Annual Street Fair and Parade.

    The street fair runs from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, with the parade kicking off at 12:05 p.m. across from the Elks Lodge on Oberferst Street. North Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic to accommodate the festivities.

    The day also includes: A Classic Car and Truck Show beginning at 10:30 a.m.  behind the Liberty Public Library; a special performance of the Star Spangled Banner at noon on the Main Street Stage; a variety of food, craft and retail vendors; bouncy houses and kids activities by 30libertyfestParty Master; and musical guest “The Other Band” on the Main Street Stage starting at 12:30 p.m. A rain date is set for Sunday, July 5.

    In addition to the lineup this year, there will be a special live performance of NACL Theater’s “The Weather Project,” presented behind the Main Street Stage in Creekside Park at 1:30 p.m.

    Vendor applications can be found at LibertyNYChamber.com. For more information about the Chamber, or to participate in the parade or siegelfamily_thumbvolunteer on the day of the event, contact the Chamber at 845-292-9797 or email info@LibertyNYChamber.com. Information can also be found on the Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

    The event is sponsored by Greater Liberty Chamber of Commerce and the following businesses: Achieve Rehab & Nursing, Spina Chiropractic and Krazy Dai’s, LLC (Platinum Sponsors); Catskill 24libertyfest_thumbHudson Bank, Dr. Jorge Delgado, Jeff Bank, Liberty Rotary, Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Town & Country Antiques and Yeshiva Ahavas Israel (Gold Sponsors); Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Altbach, TLC Childcare (Silver Sponsor); County Petroleum, Charlie Barbuti Furniture Mall and Liberty Press (Bronze Sponsors).

    SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (June 14, 2015) – Issued By:  NWS Binghamton (South Central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania)

    Affected Jurisdictions:  Sullivan County

    …Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until 6 AM EDT Monday…

    The National Weather Service In Binghamton Has Expanded The Flash Flood Watch To Include Portions Of Central New York And Northeast Pennsylvania…Including The Following Areas…In central New York…Sullivan. In Northeast Pennsylvania…Bradford…Lackawanna…Luzerne…Northern Wayne…Pike…Southern Wayne…Susquehanna And Wyoming.

    * Until 6 AM EDT Monday

    * Showers And Thunderstorms Will Continue Across Our Area Overnight. These Showers Are Expected To Move Very Slowly And Produce Heavy Amounts Of Rainfall. Showers And Thunderstorms Will Develop In An Environment Conducive For Possible Flash Flooding. Rainfall May Exceed 1 Inch Per Hour At Times.

    A Flash Flood Watch Means That Conditions May Develop That Lead To Flash Flooding. Flash Flooding Is A Very Dangerous Situation.You Should Monitor Later Forecasts And Be Prepared To Take Action Should Flash Flood Warnings Be Issued.

    SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY (June 13, 2015) – The Sullivan County Legislature has proclaimed June 15, 2015 to be Elder Abuse Awareness Day and urges all of the residents of Sullivan County to join in the efforts, not only on this day but always, to raise awareness and protect the elders in our community by fighting against abuse, neglect and exploitation.

    “Our hope is that the declaration of Elder Abuse Awareness Day will increase public awareness on elder abuse and that our community will continue to pull together to help fight such despicable behavior,” said Scott Samuelson, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature.

    "Increasing awareness is critical to protect our elderly. We all have a responsibility to report any suspicion of abuse of our most vulnerable population," said Cindy Kurpil Gieger, District 5 Legislator, Chair of the Health and Family Services Committee.

    Elder abuse is a violation of human rights and according to the World Health Organization, a significant cause of illness, injury, loss of productivity, isolation and despair. The US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living reports that only on in five crimes of abuse, neglect, and exploitation are ever discovered. “Seniors are a vital component of our County. As this population continues to increase we need to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect declaring June 15, 2015 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day draws awareness”, said Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek.

    There were 27 cases of abuse reported in Sullivan County in the month of April, 2015 and Elder Awareness Day aims to focus attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders.

    Sullivan County Acting Commissioner of Health & Family Services, Joseph Todora urges anyone that has concerns of elder abuse in Sullivan County to call the New York State Human Services Call Center at 1-844-697-3505. If someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

    HURLEYVILLE, NY (June 11, 2015) – The Sullivan County Historical Society will host an exhibit of “The Concord Hotel” at the Sullivan County Museum in Image (692)Hurleyville. The exhibit, “The Concord Remembered,” is opening with previews the first weekend in July.

    At its peak, the hotel, with 1,200 rooms, was the largest full service resort in the world.

    The exhibit will explore the hotel’s history from a modest 35 room building in the mid 1930s through its closing in 1998.

    Featured will be photos, memorabilia, lectures, round tables, music, etc.

    A special feature of the weekend will be a Sunday afternoon (July 5 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m) reunion of former employees, suppliers, contractors, etc.

    Visitors that afternoon are encouraged to bring memorabilia, photos, etc., to share with friends or acquaintances from The Concord, and perhaps to lend to the exhibit. Light refreshments will be served.

    Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated.

    Included in the exhibit will be a section devoted to the rebirth of The Concord site into the new Montreign Casino.

    For more information on the dates of the exhibit, contact the SCHS at 845-434-8044

    LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY (June 8, 2015) – The 12th Annual Livingston Manor Trout Parade, Sullivan County’s own version of Mardi Gras, is scheduled Trout Parade 2015 draft-r6 (2) in Livingston Manor, NY, rain or shine.

    The Catskill Art Society invites you to take part in the region’s funkiest community parade and street fair. This year’s event takes us “Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Trout)…” as a gaggle of witches, munchkins, scarecrows, tin men, and more bring a “Wizard of Oz” theme to the event. You can dress as lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!), take a magical float down Main Street, or pick up a collectible T-shirt or hat on the big day. Whether you’re feeling wicked or like a goodie two-shoes, let your imagination run wild!

    Individuals and groups that would like to dress in costume, decorate a bicycle, design a float, dance down Main Street, show off classic cars, make some music, or present a performance are welcome to participate in the Trout Parade. Your presentation can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. We’re looking for CAS members, regional artists, businesses, citizens, and general revelers to join in! There are so many ways to take part in the fun: making funky costumes, funny hats, puppets, music, magic, and more!

    This year’s Trout Parade will step-off promptly at 1:00pm, led by the honorary Grand Marshal and featuring a wide variety of music, entertainment and floats representing local businesses, organizations and performance groups from this area and beyond. At the parade’s conclusion, we’ll make a day of it at 2:00pm with “Concerts on the Block,” a concert series on the Main Street Stage featuring musicians from far and wide. Then head to Renaissance Park at 3:00pm to see a play courtesy of the NACL Theatre with “The Weather Project,” perfect for kids of all ages. Finally, the Catskill Brewery will host an after-party at 5:00pm.

    Look for pre-parade entertainment to include stilt-walkers from the NACL Theatre, performers from Catskill Puppet Theater, face painting, art activities, and much more. Throughout the festivities, Wilkes and Bernard Photography will provide professional instant portraits of you and your family at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main Street, with proceeds to benefit CAS.

    We hope you’ll join in the fun. There is no cost to participate and hundreds come to see the Trout Parade each year. It’s also in support of a good cause. Don’t let this parade pass you by!

    The Catskill Art Society is producing this year’s Trout Parade in partnership with the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce, and with support from businesses and individuals from around the community. Proceeds from the parade will benefit the Art and Music programs at the Livingston Manor Central School and the non-profit Catskill Art Society.

    For more information and details on how to participate in the Trout Parade or become a sponsor, please contact the Catskill Art Society at 845-436-4227 or info@catskillartsociety.org. You can also find the Trout Parade online at www.troutparade.com.

    Anyone with Information Should Call the New York State Police at 518-563-3761
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    NEW YORK STATE (June 7, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of escaped Clinton Correctional Facility inmates Richard MATTColor Matt (photo left) and David Sweat (photo below).

    Both individuals are considered to be a danger to the public and anyone with possible information or with knowledge of unusual activity should immediately contact the State Police at 518-563-3761. As of Sunday afternoon, more than 250 law enforcement and corrections officials are actively searching for the inmates.

    "Today we are asking for the help of the public as we continue our search to arrest these two individuals," Governor Cuomo said. "They are convicted murderers and our first order of business is to ensure they don’t inflict any more pain on the community. We are urging anybody who sees them or knows anything that may assist our investigation to contact the State Police as soon as possible. With the public’s help, we will return these men to where they belong – behind bars."

    The Governor made the announcement earlier this afternoon on a conference call with New York State public safety officials providing an update to members of the media. Audio of the call is available here.SWEATColor

    In total, $50,000 will be awarded for information directly leading to the apprehension and arrest of each inmate, Richard Matt and David Sweat.

    As of Sunday afternoon:

      · More than 250 law enforcement and corrections officials are actively engaged in the search, including more than 100 New York State Police investigative and specialty unit personnel.
      · Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers are assisting to ensure a thorough grid search of the ground is completed.
      · New York State Police are continuing coordinate with local, state and federal partners including the FBI and U.S. Marshals.
      · The New York State Police aviation unit is assisting in the search from the air.

    Both are considered to be a danger to the public. If located DO NOT approach them. Contact 911 or the New York State Police immediately at (518) 563-3761.

    Matt and Sweat were first unaccounted for during a 5:30 a.m. bed check on Saturday, and executed an elaborate escape plan to penetrate the prison walls and security that includes cutting through metal pipes and walls using power tools. Governor Cuomo toured the escape route on Saturday afternoon; video and photos of the Governor’s tour are available here.

    Information from the New York State Police describing the two fugitives is below. Photos of the two fugitives can be found HERE.

    Richard Matt, 48 years old, a white male, 6’ tall, 210 pounds, with black hair and hazel eyes. He has tattoos on back “Mexico Forever”, a heart on his chest and left shoulder, and a marine corps insignia on his right shoulder.

    David Sweat, 34 years old, white male, 5’11” tall, 165 pounds, brown hair and green eyes. He has tattoos on his left bicep and his right fingers.

    Sweat is serving a sentence of life without parole following his conviction in Broome County for one count of Murder 1st Degree after he caused the death of a Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy on July 4, 2002. Sweat was transferred to Clinton Correctional on October 30, 2003.

    Matt is serving a sentence of 25 years to life following his conviction in Niagara County for three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping, and two counts of robbery after he kidnapped a male victim and caused his death by beating him on December 3, 1997. Matt was transferred to Clinton Correctional on July 10, 2008.

    NEW YORK STATE (June 6, 2015) – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that New York State will begin a statewide multi-media campaign Think before you drinkusing billboards, radio, television and social media to remind motorists about the deadly impacts of impaired driving. The campaign, funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, builds on the state’s ongoing efforts to combat impaired driving and reduce the number of traffic fatalities.

    “Drinking and driving has no place on New York roadways and our administration has made it a priority to crack down on this irresponsible and dangerous behavior,” Governor Cuomo said. "We saw a record low number of DWI-related deaths last year and with this campaign we are seeking to build on this success, prevent more impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel, and Distracted Drivingfurther avoid preventable tragedies.”

    Preliminary data shows that New York State recorded 1,037 traffic fatalities in 2014, which was the lowest number of traffic fatalities since the state began keeping records in 1925. In 2013, 1,199 individuals died in motor vehicle crashes.

    Seventy-eight campaign billboards with a message that reads ‘Impaired Drivers Take Lives. Think’ will now appear across the state. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) also produced a 30-second public service announcement as part of the campaign. The announcement features a State Trooper who informs a spouse at her daughter’s birthday party that her husband was killed by a drunk driver. At the end of the announcement, the daughter, now grown and at a cemetery, says ‘that was the day a drunk driver killed my dad. This is how I celebrate my birthday now. Impaired drivers take lives. Think.’

    The public service announcement will soon air on cable and network television and radio stations statewide and will be supported by GTSC, DMV and other state agencies through their social media channels.

    Since the Governor entered office, New York State has implemented an aggressive approach to combating impaired driving. By leveraging the state’s network of county STOP-DWI programs, GTSC uses statewide enforcement mobilizations during holiday periods and in conjunction with national crackdowns to vigorously crack down on impaired driving. In 2014, the STOP-DWI Foundation launched the ‘Have a Plan’ mobile app to reduce impaired driving and encourage motorists to find a safe way home instead of driving. To download the free app, click here.

    The state also took steps to strengthen its impaired driving laws last year. Effective November 1, 2014, drivers convicted of DWI or DWAI three or more times in 15 years face a Class D felony charge, up to seven years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

    For more information on the state’s efforts to combat impaired driving, contact at the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee at 518-474-5111, or visit http://www.safeny.ny.gov/.

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